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John McKay

I'm a 25-plus-year radio veteran with a passion for talk radio and democracy. I grew up in Tri-Cities and studied journalism at Whitworth University. I love sports, particularly the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. I threw hammer and played college ball. I've been at Newstalk since 2005. Very lucky, because the wife loves football and NASCAR as well! Five great wonderful kids, ranging from 26 to 7 years old.
Solar eclipse (Getty Images)
Solar eclipse (Getty Images)
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Once In Lifetime August Solar Eclipse Will Bring A Million Tourists to Oregon

In case you haven't heard, a very rare solar eclipse could bring over a million tourists to Oregon, especially across a band reaching from Salem through Umatilla County including Baker and Prairie Cities. That's the main path where it will be most visible anywhere.

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Payless Shoes in Kennewick, across from CC Mall (Google Street View)
Payless Shoes in Kennewick, across from CC Mall (Google Street View)
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Payless Shoes, GameStop To Close Hundreds Of Stores Nationwide

According to multiple sources, national retail shoe giant Payless Shoes plans to shutter at least 500 stores, but have not divulged which ones. And, Game Stop is looking at closing 150 of it's 7,500 outlets due to sliding sales.

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Maybe yours aren't THIS long like these rally tires, but either way, they gotta be off 3-31  (Getty Images)
Maybe yours aren't THIS long like these rally tires, but either way, they gotta be off 3-31 (Getty Images)
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Washington,Oregon Studded Tire Season Ends Friday, March 31

Despite the horrible winter, and following heavy rain and crummy weather, Oregon and Washington officials say there's no reason to extend the studded tire season any longer. The same for our state, according to the WSDOT.

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Various experts predict 1, two years left for retail giant (Getty Images)
Various experts predict 1, two years left for retail giant (Getty Images)
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Some Experts Say SEARS Will Be Gone By End of Year

According to CNN Money News, The Wall Street Journal and other financial experts, the future of retail giant SEARS is very much in doubt. Not just closing another round of stores, but the entire chain going the way of Sports Authority and Radio Shack.

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Woman punches other driver who beat her to a gas pump on Clearwater in Kennewick (Google Street  View)
Woman punches other driver who beat her to a gas pump on Clearwater in Kennewick (Google Street View)
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Women Fight Over Who Gets Gas First at Pump in Kennewick

We all get frustrated when we're ready to pull into a gas station and somebody else slides into the lane we were aiming for. But most of us don't assault the other driver because of it.

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Allegedly intoxicated bartender hits car in parking lot where she works, knocks over boss! (Google Street View)
Allegedly intoxicated bartender hits car in parking lot where she works, knocks over boss! (Google Street View)
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Weird! Drunk Bartender Takes Out Own Bar Owner With Car

A Kennewick bartender is likely out of a job after a Saturday night incident in which she allegedly struck a car with her vehicle, and in the process knocked her owner-manager several feet across the parking lot of the bar where she worked.

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